Archives for December 2010

Zaw Artisan Pizza coming to Wedgwood in the new year

Zaw's new home in Wedgwood

Where once there was a Domino’s there shall now be a place that makes take-home pizzas, like the Twice Baked Potato, Pig ‘n Pear, and Tailgate Feast.

Zaw Artisan Pizza is coming to Wedgwood (7320 35th Ave NE).

On or around January 10th is the rumored verified opening date. Exterior preparations due in the next few days are a paint job and new windows. (And a new sign, we’re guessin’.)

Along with a variety of take-and-bake pizzas (featuring many locally sourced and organic ingredients), you can choose from a variety of local beers, wines and sodas. Not sure what pairs with your pie? They’ve already done the research for you: Recommended pairings are listed on the menu.

Salads are offered as well. Among them is a Caesar salad wedge that looks like you could pick it up and eat out out of hand.

Wondering if Zaw will offer home delivery? The answer is YES. Once they’re open for business, from 4:30-9pm you can have your pizza delivered to your door…by BIKE.

Zaw’s other four locations are Capitol Hill, Ballard, Queen Anne and South Lake Union.

UPDATE: Their gluten-free crust will be available at this location as well (via twitter).


Anyone been to any of the other Zaw’s? What did you think? Tell us in the comments.

An invitation to carol in Ravenna this evening

From Alicia (emphasis added):

We would like to invite you to join us for Christmas caroling around the neighborhood this Sunday evening. We’re meeting at the Seattle Reformed Presbyterian Church (side entrance, corner of NE 68th & 20th Ave NE) at 5:30p and will walk in our neighborhood to various houses. We’ll have some snacks at the church afterward.

We hope you can join us! Feel free to invite others, and there is no need to rsvp. Any questions, email Alicia at

The Seattle Times looks at Candy Cane Lane, past and present

Looking for information on how to negotiate Ravenna’s famous Candy Cane Lane? And maybe a bit of its history to boot?

Our news partners at the Seattle Times have the answer.

Seattle Times Candy Cane Lane article from December 15

The picture above links to an article about the neighborhood-within-our-neighborhood that has been putting on an annual holiday show since the 1950s. Also found within are directions, instructions, and a reminder to bring along your canned-food donations to Northwest Harvest.

Candy Cane Lane runs from 4pm to midnight, daily, through December 31st.

Ravenna United Methodist Church holds its 2010 Christmas Music Program this Sunday

Advent wreath (from the RUMC website; used with permission)

Ravenna United Methodist Church (5751 33rd Ave NE; website) invites you to their 2010 Christmas Music Program this Sunday, December19th, at 7pm.

Choirs from both Ravenna and Highland Park United Methodist Churches will be performing, as are special guests Sari Breznau, Dayton Allemann, and The Rhinestones (Carissa Morris, Valerie Holt, and Anne Matthews).

The program has been assembled by RUMC’s musical director, Annastasia Workman.

“Lift Up Your Voices and Sing Along with Us!”

Thank you to RUMC’s Mike for the information.

Refreshments will be available in the Parlor after the performances.

Stay Safe: Storing Emergency Drinking Water

It’s Tuesday! Better Stay Safe!


Disasters like earthquakes and winter storms can damage water systems. Broken water mains can happen after an earthquake or even a construction accident; freezing temperatures can also rupture pipes in homes.

Store at least 3 days of water for each member of your family.

1 gallon = 1 person = 1 day

Store 1 gallon of daily water for each family member.

  • 3 day supply for a family of 2 = 6 gallons of stored water
  • 3 day supply for a family of 5 = 15 gallons of stored water

If you have pets or additional needs, be sure to account for those too.

How to store water

Gallon-sized juice containers, 2-liter soda bottles, and water cooler jugs are all great water storage containers.

  • Clean your container. Put a small amount of bleach (~1/8 teaspoon) and a few cups of water into the bottle. Cap it and lightly shake the container. Empty the bottle, and wash the lid and around the top of the bottle.
  • Fill your container. Fill up with fresh tap water, all the way to the top of the bottle. Screw the lid on tightly, and you’re set.
  • Label the container. Label the bottle “emergency drinking water” and add the date you filled the container.
  • Keep your water fresh. Every 6 months, empty and refill the containers- use it to water plants or rinse off outdoor furniture. Changing your water when you change your clocks in the spring and fall is an easy way to remember this.

Things to avoid

This is mostly common sense. Still, make sure:

  • Don’t use glass bottles (they can break)
  • Avoid plastic milk jugs (hard to sanitize, and the plastic gets brittle)
  • Don’t use bottles that held bleach or chemicals

If you’re going to buy water, it pays to invest a little extra for a sturdy container. When I stored hurricane water in Florida, I bought the rectangular 3-gallon containers with the little spouts, and stacked them under my kitchen counter.

Eight or nine months later, I came home from work one day to find a tiny flood across my apartment… the containers had gotten brittle, and a tiny crack in the corner of one was all it took to drain the whole thing. Keep an eye on your stash, and keep it in sturdy containers!

The blue plastic 5-gallon jugs are easiest, and most grocery stores have them. Add one to your cart each time you go, and you’ll have it taken care of quickly.

UW Surplus auction this Saturday

There are only a few weeks of shopping left before Christmas. What do you get those last few people on your list, the ones who are so hard to buy for?

We think we have the solution for you.

University of Washington Surplus Store (1137 NE Boat Street) is holding an auction this Saturday at 10 am (in person AND online), with many stupendously good deals to be had.

Here’s the link to the full auction catalog, but we here at Ravenna Blog have picked out a few of our favorites to share:

Lot 13: A volleyball sport court! (in FIVE crates!)

Lot 17: A Brunswick bowling ball cleaner!

Lot 49: A PALLET of G-5 Mac Computers! No hard drives, though.

Lot 97: A stretcher!

The previews are today from 10 am-7 pm, and at 8 am on Saturday, right before the auction.  There are over 100 lots up for sale, so if you are at all interested, we strongly recommend you study up before tomorrow.

On top of all that, UW Surplus is holding a moving sale* and will be open to the public not only Tuesday, December 14 (the normal day of the week for the public to browse), but the rest of the week as well (through Friday).

More information on their store hours for the rest of the year can be found here.


*YES, we know where they’re moving TO, but we’re waiting for the official announcement. Stay tuned!

Stay Safe: Home Retrofitting Resources

Safety Girl Shannon tells us what’s shakin’ when it comes to getting our homes ready for earthquakes.


Earthquakes are the biggest natural hazard we live with in the Northwest, and if you’re a homeowner you have the additional worry of being responsible for the safety of your home as well.

Do you have an older home?

Many older homes are built on top of the foundation, but not actually attached to it. In a strong earthquake, these homes can be shaken right off their foundation, creating enormous cleanup and repair costs for the owners. If you own a home built before 1980, this definitely means you! You can minimize this risk by retrofitting your home to meet newer building standards.

The City of Seattle offers free home retrofitting classes for homeowners.

The next earthquake home retrofit classes are:

Saturday, 1/22, 11am – 1pm at the Greenwood Library


Saturday, 2/12, 11am – 1pm at the Greenwood Library

The class is free, but you need to RSVP by calling (206) 233-5076.

Is your home ready for an earthquake? Attend this class and learn how to retrofit your home using Home Retrofit guidelines. This class is especially important for people who own homes built before 1980. This class is free. To register call 206-233-5076. For more information about the Home Retrofit program in the City of Seattle, see the Home Retrofit section of this website or call 206-233-5076.

You can also find more information about the city retrofit permitting process here.

Female suspect now in custody after armed standoff in Roosevelt

House on the 900 block of NE 65th St which police currently have surrounded. Picture by Balanced Mama via twitter.

7:07 pm: The Seattle Police Department’s Blotter blog has been updated with a post about the “SWAT call out in North Seattle,” which includes the following good news:

“No shots were fired throughout the incident and nobody was injured.

“The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Domestic Violence Threats.”

5:00 pm: Balanced Mama witnesses and KIRO 7 confirms that the female suspect is now in custody.

4:36 pm: Traffic update – NE 65th Street is closed from 9th Ave NE east, though to Roosevelt Way. Not sure of eastern closure point at this time. Roosevelt Way itself backed up. Avoid the area.

4:28 pm: Balanced Mama reports that the man who left the home earlier in the standoff is back and talking via bull horn to the female suspect inside.

3:40 pm: Amy at My Green Lake has a good picture of the house that the police have surrounded.

3:24 pm: Metro says “Blockage at NE 65 St and 9 Av NE in Ravenna [should read “Roosevelt”] is rerouting Metro Rts 48, 64, 73 & 76″ (via twitter)

3:20 pm: Amy of My Green Lake is on the scene and is updating a post on her site.

Roosiehood is also following the action and is posting updates here.

2:51 pm: A second Another SWAT team vehicle has arrived on scene.

2:12 pm: Balanced Mama reports hearing the police telling the woman barricaded in the house, “”We will listen to the letters. We will listen to the whole story. But we can’t do that if you don’t come out. We are not going to leave.”

School bus attempting to bypass policed-blocked NE 65th Street

1:50 pm: Balanced Mama takes a picture from her window of a school bus trying to get around a police car which has blocked off eastbound NE 65th Street.

1:45 pm: Seattle Crime reports that police have shut down NE 65th St between 9th Ave NE and Roosevelt Way. Negotiators and a SWAT team have been called in to deal with an apparent standoff situation.

A post on the Seattle Police Department’s Blotter blog is quoted, saying, in part:

“The suspect, reportedly an ex-girlfriend of the male victim, was tearing up the victim’s residence.  At some point the suspect threatened to kill the victim.  After the arrival of responding officers, the male victim came outside and is believed to be uninjured.

“The female suspect remains inside the residence and is believed to have access to firearms.  The residence is surrounded and officers are negotiating with the suspect in an attempt to gain her peaceful surrender.”

About 1:20 pm: I am driving eastbound on NE 65th Street when I notice a SPD car, lights on, blocking the turn from Roosevelt Way NE to westbound NE 65th St on the 900 block of NE 65th St.


Police have a residence on the 900 block of NE 65th Street surrounded after a domestic disturbance call came in at approximately 12:51 pm.

At this time, an armed female suspect is still in the residence. Police are attempting negotiations.

For more information on this activity, check the following links:

NE 65th Street across Roosevelt is CLOSED to traffic at this time. More roads in the area are sure to be affected.

Ravenna Blog joins the Seattle Times Local News Partnership (updated)

Exciting news!

The Ravenna Blog has joined the Seattle Times Local News Partnership!

The announcement on the Seattle Times' site this morning (click to read)

Stories from this site will now be in regular rotation on the Seattle Times Local News Partners page and occasionally on the newspaper’s homepage (scroll down to the Local News Partners section).

All this exposure is great for the site, of course, but what do YOU get out of it? Here’s a small list:

  • The ability to publish photos from the Seattle Times when appropriate – like the one from the Seattle Sketcher, Gabriel Campanario, that was used in our interview with Harissa’s Walid Alabtan
  • The potential to work on collaborative projects – “Invisible Families” was one of these projects
  • Greater communication and coverage about local events and news in our area that may be of interest to a wider audience
  • Educational opportunities for yours truly to learn more about journalism, media, and the like, as an investment in the work the Ravenna Blog is already doing
  • and probably more!

Even though the Local News Partnership project has been around since August 2009, it is still evolving. I’m very pleased (and a bit proud) that we’ve been included in it (WE meaning you, too, dear reader), and look forward to the future of this partnership.

UPDATE: The Seattle Times Local News Partnership map has also been updated.

Click the map to see the full version at the Seattle Times

So happy to help fill out the coverage in Northeast Seattle.

Two Ravenna craft fairs this Saturday (plus shopping childcare)

‘Tis the season for local craft fairs! And Ravenna is lucky enough to have two of them happening in the neighborhood this weekend.

LaVassar Florists and Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio (7530 20th Ave NE and and 7526 20th Ave NE, respectively) are co-hosting a
Holiday Open House and Craft Fair this Saturday from 9 am-4 pm.

Activities during those hours includes (via Karen at Roaring Mouse):

  • Craft Fair by local vendors all day
  • Children’s activities with “The Yoga Nanny” from 9 am- noon
  • Visit with Mrs. Santa from noon to 2 pm
  • Roaring Mouse Parents’ Bake Sale to benefit the Special Dietary Needs Pantry at Hopelink Food Bank in Shoreline from 9 am-3 pm

For more information, contact


The other craft fair in the neighborhood this Saturday is the 3rd Annual Ravenna Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale at the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE) from 10 am-4 pm.

Via an email from the RECC’s coordinator, Trevor Gregg:

Come and shop for unique hand-crafted holiday gifts in the neighborhood, while your kids enjoy the kids play area and crafts table. Your purchase of gifts from local arts and craftspeople will support programs at the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center.

Now in our third year, we have an expanded roster of artistic offerings: ceramics, hand-stitched and hand-woven goods, wooden cutting boards, beautiful upcycled home goods, candles, jewelry, whimsical clocks, fine art photographs, note cards, handmade original prints, hand blown glass ornaments and vases, and more!

We’ll have a kids art activity area and play space! We’ll also have a bake sale benefiting the community center’s teen program. To warm you up, soup will be offered by volunteers from the Ravenna Community Garden.

Bring your family and complete your holiday shopping close to home!


Another activity at the RECC that day worth mentioning is the Drop ‘n Shop. From 9 am-noon you can leave your 2-10-year-old child(ren) in capable hands while you get some holiday shopping done.

That’s THREE HOURS, people.

Drop ‘n Shop includes “activities to keep ‘em busy, breakfast or lunch, snacks, and lots of fun!” (sayeth the Fall 2010 Parks and Recreation Department catalog)

There is a cost ($10, 1st child $8, 2nd child $5), which I don’t completely understand but will check into.  But, however you do the math, it’s a great deal for three hours of childcare.

There will be one more Drop ‘n Shop this month (on December 22nd from 6-9 pm). But you’ll be all done with your shopping by then, won’t you? Of course you will.